Century of Scouting in Lenzie

SCOUT and about this weekend will be past and present members of a special local troop.

To mark its 100th birthday, the 12th Glasgow (1st Lenzie) Scout Group is holding a get-together this Saturday, November 22, at 7pm in the Scout Hall at Millersneuk.

The event will give members, past and present, the chance to exchange memories and browse over memorabilia, old photographs, trophies and records.

The group's history stretches all the way back to November 11, 1908, when the inaugural meeting of scouts, held by the world's first registered scout group, 1st Glasgow, appointed Robert Warnock as Northern District Delegate.

Mr Warnock, who was later awarded the Military Cross while serving for the 7th Royal Scots Fusiliers in the First World War, set up the Lenzie group and, after much fundraising, their first scout hut was built at Millersneuk at a cost of about 170.

The group, one of the largest in the Clyde area, with over 150 young people attending every week, has changed with the times and was among the first to establish cubs and beaver sections, as well as introducing female membership.

The 1st Lenzie Scouts enjoy a broad range of activities including camping, hiking, five-a-side football, badminton and orienteering. The troop also has a long history of success in scouting competitions.

Anyone who has been part of the group is welcome to attend Saturday's event. For more information call John Ramsay on 07788 711984.